Hurricane Florence makes landfall in US North Carolina coast

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

The Category 1 hurricane was moving with maximum sustained winds of 145 kilometers an hour, and is about 50 kilometers east of Wilmington.

Florence was moving west south-west at about 5 miles per hour (7 km/h), with its center located over eastern SC.

At 5 p.m., Florence had been downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles out.

They made a decision to leave their fifth-floor Wrightsville Beach condominium before Hurricane Florence trapped them. "This will be one of the worst storm surge events likely in North Carolina's history". "Our greatest concern about this storm remains the same-storm surge and massive flooding", he said.

Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers about the evacuation before walking off-screen.

Just after midnight, the station tweeted that everyone had safely evacuated. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades.

Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days". He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing in the Neuse River just outside his house in the town of New Bern, hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

On Friday afternoon, the city of Wilmington enacted a curfew from 10 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, Mayor Bill Saffo said.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic at the moment.

Onslow County spokesman Cornelius Jordan said some visitors at the Triangle Motor Inn were able to drive away on their own, but emergency personnel had to take others to a safe location.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

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Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov.

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"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", National Weather Service forecaster Chris Wamsley said.

More than a million people fled the Carolinas and Virginia as Category 1 Hurricane Florence neared.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Rather than rebuild, they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina - where Hurricane Florence threatened their new home this week.

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Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators.

"We're very familiar in Columbia with the flooding of 2015", McMaster said.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken.

U.S. Southeast power companies said over 722,000 homes and businesses located mostly in North Carolina and SC were without power on Friday after Hurricane Florence hit the coast.

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

He added that 20,000 people were being housed in shelters across the state.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

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